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"Bad Karma" is a song from Warren Zevon's 1987 album, Sentimental Hygiene. The song featured R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe on backup vocals, other members from R.E.M. would also perform with Zevon as Hindu Love Gods.

About the Song Edit

The song describes a man and his tragically unlucky life, which he ascribes to having collected large amounts of karma in a previous life. The song is a parody of western interpretations of Buddhism and similar eastern religions. It seems similar to another Zevon song on that album, "Trouble Waiting to Happen".

Lyrics Edit

Note: the text of this song's lyrics is not under the same copyright license as the wiki's encyclopedic text, it is used under fair use/dealing.

Was it something I did

In another life?

I try and try

But nothing comes out right

Bad Karma

Killing me by degrees


I took a wrong turn

On the astral plane

Now I keep on thinkin'

My luck is gonna change

Someday

Bad Karma

It's uphill all the way


I can't run, Can't hide

Can't get away

It must be my destiny

The same thing happens to me every day


Bad Karma

Coming after me

Bad Karma

Killing me by degrees

Bad Karma

Bad Karma


It's a dog's life

And it's not my fault

Ought to hang my picture

In the All Time Losers' Hall of Fame

Bad Karma

It's a low down dirty shame


I can't run,

Can't hide

Can't get away

It must be my destiny

The same thing happens to me every day


Bad Karma

Coming after me

Bad Karma

Killing me by degrees

Bad Karma

Bad Karma

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